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MIT OpenCourseWareMIT 2.997 2.997 Direct Solar/Thermal to Electrical Energy Conversion Technologies, Fall 2009 (2009)

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This course introduces principles and technologies for converting heat into electricity via solid-state devices. The first part of the course discusses thermoelectric energy conversion and thermoelectric materials, thermionic energy conversion, and photovoltaics. The second part of the course discusses solar thermal technologies. Various solar heat collection systems will be reviewed, followed by an introduction to the principles of solar thermophotovoltaics and solar thermoelectrics. Spectral control techniques, which are critical for solar thermal systems, will be discussed.

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Date: 2009
Keywords: thermophotovoltaics; thermoelectric devices; selective surfaces; nanostructured materials; photovoltaic cells; semiconductor physics; phonons; absorption spectrum; Seebeck effect; thermionic engines; photonic crystals; band gap

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Lecture 1: Introduction 18.7 MB 
29.2 MB 
Lecture 2: Thermoelectric effect and thermoelectric devices 19.7 MB 
29.8 MB 
Lecture 3: Energy states in matter 18.6 MB 
27.8 MB 
Lecture 4: Kinetic formulation of thermoelectricity 19.9 MB 
29.5 MB 
Lecture 5: Current research on thermoelectric materials 19.8 MB 
30.2 MB 
Lecture 6: Thermionic power conversion 20.3 MB 
30.2 MB 
Lecture 7: Photovoltaic cells 18.0 MB 
26.4 MB 
Lecture 8: Radiative heat transfer 18.0 MB 
26.6 MB 
Lecture 9: Solar concentration and solar thermal technology 19.0 MB 
28.7 MB 
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